Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

It’s the deconstructed version of the jalapeño poppers appetizer – but this comforting pasta dish with a spicy kick is even more delicious! You’ll stir in three types of cheese to make a gooey sauce and add bacon, need we say more?

Ingredients












Cooking Instructions

1

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.


2

Meanwhile, cook bacon in batches until crisp in a large skillet. Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain; reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon. Measure 2 tablespoons bacon; set aside.


3

Sauté jalapeño peppers in butter and reserved bacon drippings in a Dutch oven until crisp-tender. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in flour until combined. Gradually whisk in milk and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; gradually stir in cream cheese, colby jack and cheddar until melted. Add pasta, remaining bacon and cayenne pepper to taste; heat through, stirring constantly. 


4

Remove from the heat. Sprinkle pasta mixture with the reserved bacon.


Recipe Tip:
Any brand of Wisconsin cream cheese, colby jack or mild cheddar cheese can be used.
cheese iconCheesemonger Tip:
Colby Jack, or co-jack, is a cheese that’s created when colby and monterey jack curds are combined. The cheese is semi-hard and has a mild flavor. With its two-toned color, colby jack would make a lovely addition to your fruit and cheese platter.

Ingredients












Cooking Instructions

1

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.


2

Meanwhile, cook bacon in batches until crisp in a large skillet. Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain; reserving 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. When cool enough to handle, crumble bacon. Measure 2 tablespoons bacon; set aside.


3

Sauté jalapeño peppers in butter and reserved bacon drippings in a Dutch oven until crisp-tender. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisk in flour until combined. Gradually whisk in milk and salt. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; gradually stir in cream cheese, colby jack and cheddar until melted. Add pasta, remaining bacon and cayenne pepper to taste; heat through, stirring constantly. 


4

Remove from the heat. Sprinkle pasta mixture with the reserved bacon.


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